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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Starting the New Year with a Little Magic! The Illusionists with Broadway Across Canada!

How to kick off 2019 in a big way? Attend the Broadway Across Canada production of The Illusionists on New Year's Day like I did! Well, it's here until January 6th, so you can still start the year off in a really magical way!

I took Gibson as he has always been intrigued by magic (we often watch Penn & Teller's Fool Us) and there were so many times during the show where we would turn to each other and say "HOW?!?!?". There are five illuisonists and the show moves briskly from one outstanding trick to the next. two of the performers, Colin Cloud (The Mentalist) and Andrew Trent (The Futurist), have a bit of the stand up comedian in them so there is also quite a bit of laughter. Trent was particularly fun with the close-up magic (it's all filmed and projected so you can see it very clearly) and Cloud's Sherlock Holmes mind-reading tricks blew my mind! Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil) was more of a physical extremes guy, escaping from a straight jacket at great peril and lying on a bed of nails (pardon, nail), leading up to a very cool crossbow trick. The young audience member next to me, kept saying, "He's not going to do it
AGAIN?!" and seemed quite worried about the safety of everyone involved. An Ha Lim (The Manipulator) does things with cards that will blow your mind - his card 'dance' was Gibson's favourite act in the show. Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist) comes with Canadian cred and I think his understated style really underscored the amazing tricks that he was pulling off.

It was a great night and Gibson and I have talked so much about it, that Mark is looking into getting a ticket for himself for Friday night. I am pretty sure Gibson would go with him again, even having seen the show once!

The Illusionists runs to January 6th at the Jubilee Auditorium.
Click here for tickets.

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